La Boqueria, Barcelona

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Take in the local culture by meandering through the throngs of people going about their daily business at La Boqueria, arguably the country’s best-known market. Noted for selling a wide range of local products, including fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit, the market has been open since 1836. It’s worth a visit just for the colors, smells, and sights of the fresh foodstuffs displayed and sold here. Friendly vendors can tell you exactly where and how their goods were grown, raised, or harvested. Avoid driving and arrive as early as possible to miss the crowds. If you can allow time, take a seat at one of the cafes and spend a few moments observing other travelers as they search for a little bit of something Spanish to take home with them. Make La Boqueria part of your personalized Barcelona itinerary using our Barcelona trip maker app .
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  • Yes, it's a very nice & interesting market. BUT BEWARE!! It's also a THIEF'S den. With the huge crowds, this is a favorite hunting ground for the pickpocketers. One of our group members had her phone ...  more »
  • Although there are a lot of people, but the environment is very good, things are very delicious, is worth going to the place, just to carefully choose the stalls bit, and I will also encounter the dealer to knock Bamboo Bar people
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  • Simply the most amazing market! Don't you know that you go first and what to prwtofas! It's all very neatly and cleanly and all of them very polite! The point of Barcelona who need someone to visit anyway!
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  • I liked walking through the market - it's bustling with plenty of food options. No place to sit and enjoy a bite though, and the surrounding area had no seating either that was the only issue. The cheap fruit drink for 1€ was delicious. Definitely worth a stroll through if you're in the area!
  • Very fun, beautiful, and unique place to go to. Barcelona’s biggest and most popular farmer’s market, right off one of the prettiest and most popular streets in the city. Full of lots of different stalls selling all sorts of delicious, fresh foods. Would certainly recommend seeing it, even if you aren’t interested in trying anything (though you really should, the food and drinks are almost always worth it). Whether it’s meat-in-a-cone, or a fresh fruit smoothie, or fresh seafood, there’s something here for just about everyone.
  • Awesome martlet place! We went there on Monday and it was packed. The choice of food, snack, drink, nuts and many more is amazing. If you don’t mind eating while touring around them you will love it. It’s not fine dinning and so don’t expect that. However, food is very good and fresh and fairly priced. Yet you have to fight through the crowd to get your stuff. All in all a very nice experience and again very good food.
  • Great experience in the market. We tried ham and cheese from 2 different shops. Ham is priced on how long is it aged and whether it was acorn fed or not. The ham is very juicy and you’ll never try any ham better anywhere else in the world. Prices are cheaper towards the back of the market if you are looking for a smoothie / fruit drink. Fruit drinks were very fresh and delicious.
  • Barcelona's most famous market, a favourite with the tourists at all times. A noisy, happy place full of colours and smells and people. If you haven't tried Barcelona's seafood, this is a place to do it, despite that it lacks in cleanliness and fast service. If you don't eat there, at least remember to take a sample of the variety of chocolates sold in one of the stands. If you are on diet, just take a picture, they look fantastic. Or quince your thirst with one of the cold natural juices or enjoy the chopped fruits. All in all it's fun, but remember, this isn't the only market or the most representative. Check in Google for other options with more locals and less tourists. My own favourite is the renovated, historical, Mercado de Sant Antoni.
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